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The Local Area
Mackworth House School is located in a residential area, Northwest of Derby City Centre. The school building has been developed in the grounds of what was the Mackworth Estate Methodist Church, founded in 1956 and closed in 2009. The school site hosts a brand new purpose built facility and the church building has been converted and incorporated into the new building for educational purposes. There are a number of facilities within walking distance from the school including shops, a library, a community centre and a play area and there is a bus service that stops right outside of the school. Mackworth House School forms part of the local community that is Mackworth Estate. The area was developed in the 1950’s and is a large residential area with an unusual amount of green open spaces.
Derby is located in the south of Derbyshire, sits on the banks of the River Derwent and was awarded city status in 1977. There are a number of attractions and landmarks to visit dating back to the 16th century and Derby was at the centre of the industrial revolution being one of the first to house factories and spinning mills. Derby’s two biggest employers are Rolls-Royce and Toyota and Derby is known for Royal Crown Derby and railway engineering, and it has also been granted Fair Trade City status. Derby is twinned with Osnabrück in Germany and has link with Kapurthala in Punjab, India, Harleen in the Netherlands, Foncqueilliers in France, Toyota City in Japan and Changzhi in China. Derby is split in to 17 different areas and is a short drive from the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District National Park.
Out and about in Derby
Derby city centre is quite condensed with much of it being only accessible by pedestrians. Derby has a vast range of shops and restaurants and is divided in to areas called The Westfield shopping centre, The Cathedral Quarter and St. Peters quarter. There are a number of venues to explore to experience the arts, music and culture across the city and there are open air performances, festivals and exhibitions organised annually. Derby is home to many well known sports clubs including Derby County Football Club, Derby Trailblazers National League Basketball Team and Derbyshire County Cricket and there are a wealth of opportunities to take part in a range of sports and leisure activities. The city of Derby has a vast amount of open space available for public use which can be found in and around the city centre and include areas to play football, tennis, bowls and golf and facilities such as the light railway, a rowing club, a BMX track, a playground, riverside walks and cycle paths where an abundance of wildlife can be seen.
Derbyshire Dales and
the Peak District National Park
Most of the Derbyshire Dales fall in to the Peak District National Park located in the southern end of the of the Pennines between Manchester and Sheffield. There are a number of market towns to visit in Derbyshire such as Buxton, Ashbourne and Bakewell and a diversity of environments can be explored throughout the Derbyshire dales where caves, rock faces, woodlands, rivers and streams, flora, fauna, animals and birds can be found. There is always a substantial events programme to get involved with from woodland arts and crafts, sports, country fairs, steam rallies, nature walks, performing arts, music and comedy. There is also the opportunity to take part in a range of outdoor activities including abseiling, rock climbing, horse riding, fishing, orienteering and cycling.